Bachelor of Arts

Student Achiever - Dylan Mead

Honours student Dylan Mead speaks with some authority when he says: "Try to make enjoyment, not employment, your primary reason for studying whatever it is you choose."

The devoted gamer has always been interested in mulling over life's big questions, but philosophy turned into a passion after doing a few related courses as electives under a Bachelor of Science.

"Initially, I wanted to major in philosophy but I was worried about job prospects so I tried physics for a year and a half. After that, I decided it would be better to study something that I really loved" he says

Dylan MeadDylan's Honours thesis asks: does moral responsibility require the ability to do otherwise?

"It investigates the intuition that if someone has no other option than to perform a particular action, then they cannot be held responsible for that action," he explains.

Dylan chose psychology as his other major although his heart lay elsewhere.

"But I always looked forward to my next philosophy class and in particular, classes run by Joe Mintoff, who is currently my supervisor.

"Joe certainly has had an impact on me through the way he teaches. He really engages you with the content in a way that shows he is passionate about what he teaches and that passion is contagious."

As a result of his studies Dylan says he has not only learnt a lot but he become a different person.

"I'm more confident in engaging with others and I have a different attitude towards life in general. I also think that I'm able to make more informed decisions about almost anything. Learning research techniques as part of a degree opens your eyes to how much misinformation is out there and how to avoid getting sucked in by it."

After Honours, Dylan plans to gain "some real-world experience" before considering a PhD.

"Even though academia is what I saw myself doing when I started my Bachelor of Arts, I'm still not sure if that's what I want to do," he says. "After doing a bit of investigating, I discovered that a Bachelor of Arts is really what you make of it and you can't expect a job to fall into your lap. One path that I have been considering is to work on making philosophy accessible to the general public."

Now, back to those words of wisdom:

"Make sure you study something that you want to study and not what your parents, or your teachers, or even your friends want you to study," he says.

"You have to remember that whatever degree you choose is only for you and your future since you will be doing all the work."